Residents of the city of Wauwatosa can begin to rake their property and deposit the leaves curbside beginning Saturday, Oct.15. Pickup of leaves is scheduled to end Nov. 20 but can stretch later if weather permits. During this period the Wauwatosa Department of Public Works is scheduled to make three passes through the city.  Please watch the Leaf Collection Update section on for progress maps and projected times that leaf collection will occur in your area.

The city asks that residents remember a few things to assist the DPW in the leaf collection:

  • Leave space for cars when depositing the leaves near the edges of streets. Hot cars parking on top of leaves have been known to start fires.
  • Leaves and soft plant material are the only materials that should be raked over the curb and into the street. Branches and other woody material significantly slows down the composting process. Yard waste can still be brought into the drop-off center for a $5 per load charge or be picked up at the curb for a fee. 
  • There are a few areas of the city that have street paving or road projects that are wrapping up. Please do not rake leaves into the street in those areas until the final coat of asphalt has been applied. 

Due to the collection of leaves and the impending winter weather, the last day of yard waste pickup will be Friday, Oct. 14. It will resume in the spring of 2017. For more information, please contact the Department of Public Works Operations Division at 414-471-8422 or via email.

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